Andrew Lee is a litigation associate based in the London office. He is a member of the firm’s White Collar and Regulatory Defense Group. Mr. Lee’s practice focuses on regulatory, criminal and internal investigations for financial institutions and corporates. He is recommended by The Legal 500 UK (2023) for his regulatory investigations and corporate crime work.
Mr. Lee advises financial services clients and individuals in relation to internal investigations and investigations by the UK Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority. These encompass a wide range of issues, including potential market abuse, money laundering, systems and controls failings and senior management issues. Mr. Lee has particular experience conducting investigations in the fixed income, currencies, commodities and equities business areas. He has acted for banks on high-profile international investigations into foreign exchange trading, the setting of the LIBOR benchmark and precious metals trading.
Mr. Lee also regularly acts for corporate clients on internal, Serious Fraud Office and cross-border investigations into bribery, fraud and money laundering. He has significant experience advising clients on the UK Bribery Act, the Proceeds of Crime Act, money laundering regulations and related compliance matters.
Mr. Lee joined Debevoise in 2016 from the London office of a magic circle law firm. He received Bachelor of Engineering (Hons I) and Bachelor of Laws (Hons I) degrees from the University of Sydney in 2007 and 2009, respectively. In 2010, he clerked for the Hon. Justice Rein in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
Mr. Lee is a co-author of “A Game-Changer for UK Corporate Crime Enforcement? Major Expansion of Corporate Criminal Liability Proposed,” NYU Compliance & Enforcement (June, 2023); “UK Introduces New ‘Failure to Prevent Fraud’ Corporate Offence,” NYU Compliance & Enforcement (May, 2023); “UK Supreme Court Rules That SFO Cannot Require Foreign Companies To Produce Documents Held Overseas,” FCPA Professor (February, 2021); “UK and EU Anti-Money Laundering Enforcement,” CLS Blue Sky Blog (September, 2020); “Compliance and Enforcement: UK Law Commission Recommends Reforms to Money Laundering Suspicious Activity Reports,” Compliance and Enforcement (July, 2019); “Debevoise & Plimpton Discusses UK Financial Conduct Authority’s Proposal for Heads of Legal,” CLS Blue Sky Blog (February, 2019); “Compliance & Enforcement: UK Financial Conduct Authority Puts Heads of Legal Outside the Senior Managers Regime,” Compliance & Enforcement (February, 2019); “UK Law Commission Proposes Reforms to Suspicious Activity Reports for Money Laundering,” Compliance & Enforcement (August, 2018); “English High Court Considers Status of Internal Investigation Interview Notes,” Compliance & Enforcement (April, 2018); “UK Criminal Finances Act 2017,” New York University School of Law Compliance & Enforcement Blog (May, 2017); “Extending SMCR To All UK Financial Services Firms,” Law360 (February, 2017); “Debevoise Looks At UK’s Initial Move To Expand Corporate Criminal Liability,” The CLS Blue Sky Blog (February, 2017); “UK enforcement under the new market abuse regime,” Global Investigations Review (June, 2016); and “Self-reporting: what anti-corruption enforcers can learn from antitrust,” Global Investigations Review (June, 2016).
Mr. Lee was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2010 and as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales in 2012.